"Shot Me Down" (1977), by Scottish rockers Nazareth, is the 'Today's Tune' for this April 14th. I picked this song because it connects with two events. One a tragic incident that happened on this day 146 years ago, the other actually a happy spectacle from just last night.
The tragedy I refer to, is the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln. He was shot down by Bel Air, Maryland native and stage actor John Wilkes Booth, while trying to take in a play on April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. Lincoln, perhaps America's greatest president, died the following day.
The other story, which also took place in Washington, is last night's triumphant start to the first round of the NHL's 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, at least that's the way we fans of the Washington Capitals see it. After going 0 (goals) for 44 (shots) in all of last year's Quarterfinal series, Caps' elite Russian forward, Alexander Semin shot down goalie Henrik Lundqvist and his New York Rangers with an overtime goal in Game 1. Hopefully, that haunts Lundqvist throughout the rest of the best of seven series. He may only be able to think ...You "Shot Me Down", whenever Semin skates toward him, from now on.
Nazareth - "Shot Me Down" Studio (1977)